If you've been lucky enough to upgrade to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), you've probably found lots of features that are hidden gems. One such feature is the System UI Tuner, which gives you more control over your status bar and Quick Settings — control that would have previously required rooting your device.
Enabling System UI Tuner
Before you can access these extra features, you must enable System UI Tuner. How do you do that? Simple:
- Swipe down from the top of the device to open the pull-down notification.
- Pull down again to access your Quick Settings.
- Long press the gear icon at the top of the screen until a popup appears saying "Congratulations! System UI Tuner has been added to settings."
Now you should now see a tiny wrench to the right of the gear icon (Figure A).
System UI Tuner enabled on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.
Open Settings and then scroll to the bottom, where you'll see the new entry listed for System UI Tuner. Tap on that entry to see the new options (Figure B).
The new options that come with System UI Tuner.
If you tap on the Status bar, you can enable/disable what you want listed in the Status Bar (Figure C).
Add or remove Status Bar entries.
If you tap Quick Settings, you can add/delete tiles or move around the current list of tiles or customize the current tile layout. To move a tile, long press it and drag it to the new location. To delete a tile, long press it and drag it to the trashcan (Figure D).
Customizing Quick Settings through the UI Tuner.
From the System UI Tuner page, you can also enable the embedded battery percentage if you prefer to know how much of your battery remains in percentages.
Its best feature
System UI Tuner's best feature is the ability to customize the Quick Setting tiles. If there are tiles you don't use, you can delete them so the Quick Settings is specifically tuned to your needs.
For anyone that wants as clean a UI as possible, Android is one step closer, thanks to the Tuner.
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